They are cool, they are very friendly, they are enthusiast, they are loud, they work very hard, they have a ton of talent, they possess the extra gene of quality design and an extraa sense for detail finesse, they sing in group to celebrate all their bike show victories on the European & American bike show scenes. They are a group of passionate friends who all have a day job but spend all their evenings and weekends supporting and helping Italian builder maestro Sam Reali producing dream bikes under the name of Abnormal Cycles, a shop in small Bernareggio near the big industrial city of Milan.
Yes, Sam Reali and his talented crew of friends is the man behind last year’s “Union” Flathead Sidecar” masterpiece, for me the most beautiful 3-wheeler I have ever seen and the most covered machine in its category by motorcycle magazines around the world. But can you produce 2 masterpieces in a row? Abnormal Cycles can as they proved it first in Europe last winter, then in August at the Sturgis AMD World Championship Of Bike Builing where they earned top honors after wowing the crowd during 4 days with the quality of this restoration/creation simply named “Speed Demon”
Before starting any project, Sam & his friends spend all their available time searching for the rare correct parts, a treasure hunt that lasted 1 year before salting to work on this project…for 8 more months. Speed Demon uses a 1919 Harley-Davidson JD engine and tranny mounted on a VL frame from the 30′s. Front forks were HD born in 1915 with wheels custom built by Jonich Wheels then wrapped in Firestone Racer 28 x 2.
All mechanical parts have been meticulously restored and rebuilt, Almost all other parts were hand made, from racer style bars to gas tank and rear fender (the work of master sheet metal fabricator Luca Luzardi, the man responsible for the Union Sidecar bodywork) to the multiple brass parts adorning the bike.
The gorgeous oil tank with integrated oil pump was built by Giovanni Fonzo from FG Racing. Rear brake drum was bought from KustomTech and the seat and grips from Wild Hog. Paint was produced by Zucchelli Paint, who like for the “Union Sidecar”, applied all body with titanium leaves, then shot 20 coats of clear to finish with a coat of candy black. And now the question is? Can Abnormal Cycles produce a 3rd masterpiece in a row for the 2013 show tour? You will know first. (photography copyright Onno Wieringa -Madness-photography – for AMD Championship courtesy to Cyril Huze)